Staff Blog

Julie: “Congratulations! So, what’s next?” Lessons to be learned from living in the moment

06/16/2014 09:03
Right about this time last year we were chatting at a CDBS staff meeting about how we were moving into graduation and summer wedding season. I remarked to Maurice—wasn’t it interesting, and a little ironic, that at a time of big accomplishments and new beginnings, what inevitably happens is the...

Gloria: It's not goodbye, it's "until we meet again"

04/21/2014 09:16
This week will be my last day at work with CDBS after almost 15 years. Working for CDBS has been a journey of growth and service alongside the most amazing people. This is what happens when you work in the field of deaf-blindness. Everybody involved gives their best, from the children who are...

Gloria: Going Beyond "The Structure"

03/17/2014 10:07
I was recently reminded that too much "structure" around children who are deaf-blind may prevent them from growing further in their capabilities. This can sound counter-intuitive because in the field of deaf-blindness we recommend all kinds of strategies that will give "structure" to the student...

Gloria: The Communication Matrix Evolving into a Virtual Community

02/24/2014 13:09
The Communication Matrix has been an invaluable tool to assess expressive communication for individuals who are at the earliest stages of communication. It was first published in 1990 and soon it was accessible online, making it an online product that could be accessed from anywhere in the US...

Soundfield Systems by Barbara Franklin, PhD

09/17/2013 09:28
Classrooms provide a poor acoustical environment for many students who have a hearing loss or a combined hearing and vision loss. The three environmental factors that account for a decrease in hearing ability are: 1) Distance – Since sound decreases as distance increases, speech discrimination also...